adjective, dumb·er, dumb·est.
- (of a barge) without means of propulsion.
- (of any craft) without means of propulsion, steering, or signaling.
Origin of dumb
Examples from the Web for dumb
“Which proves he is as dumb as a bag of hammers,” the official says.
Does it matter whether Taylor Swift wants me to inflate my Internet notoriety by doing a dumb thing where I lip sync to her music?Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer|Arthur Chu|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The way I film is based on the assumption that the audience is as smart and dumb as I am.Inside The Secret World of London’s National Gallery|Tim Teeman|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I thought I was going to have to dumb it down for this folk-pop singer.
Republicans know the truth about these proposals deep down, or I think most do (I suppose some actually are that dumb).
The distress in Joan's face was like that which one sees in the face of a dumb animal that has received a mortal hurt.Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc|Mark Twain
He gazed at me with the dumb look of a wounded animal and was too amazed for words.Lords of the North|A. C. Laut
A family of destitute children, the eldest not yet sixteen, the youngest a dumb girl.Nobody's Boy|Hector Malot
The sight of Peter Oliphant, so unexpected an apparition, made her dumb.A Widow's Tale and Other Stories|Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Aw, some dumb vault clerk got himself locked in, an' the locks jammed an' they can't get him out.Gladiator|Philip Wylie
British Dictionary definitions for dumb
- slow to understand; dim-witted
- foolish; stupidSee also dumb down
Word Origin for dumb
Word Origin and History for dumb
Old English dumb "silent, unable to speak," from PIE *dheubh- "confusion, stupefaction, dizziness," from root *dheu- (1) "dust, mist, vapor, smoke," and related notions of "defective perception or wits."
The Old English, Old Saxon (dumb), Gothic (dumbs), and Old Norse (dumbr) forms of the word meant only "mute, speechless;" in Old High German (thumb) it meant both this and "stupid," and in Modern German this latter became the only sense. Meaning "foolish, ignorant" was occasionally in Middle English, but modern use (1823) comes from influence of German dumm. Related: dumber; dumbest.
Applied to silent contrivances, hence dumbwaiter. As a verb, in late Old English, "to become mute;" c.1600, "to make mute." To dumb (something) down is from 1933.